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PAST NEWS OCTOBER 19-25, 1998


(10-25-98)
  • Dura Lube/Kmart 500 at Phoenix: Race Results, Starting Lineup, Happy Hour, Qualifying, Practice speeds at Speedworld, GoRacing(2nd round) and, NASCAR Online. Jayski's Provisional Page with unofficial owners points has been updated thru Daytona. Looks like 46 drivers for 43 spots, including first timer Jeff Ward in the #45 Chevy. Kenny Schrader won the pole with a speed of 131.234mph.

  • Rain...Rain didn't go away: The Dura Lube/Kmart 500 at Phoenix has been rained out at lap 257 and Rusty Wallace declared the winner. Jeff Gordon did not gain 12 points on Mark Martin and will have to wait at least a week to gain his third Cup Championship. Gordon needs to finish 40th or better at Rockingham to clinch the championship or just start the car at the remaining two races.(10-25-98)

  • Gordon - UPDATE: Phoenix is one of only three tracks on the Winston Cup schedule that Jeff Gordon hasn't won at. Texas and Las Vegas are the other two, only two starts at Texas and one at Las Vegas.(many sources)(10-22-98) -- Still has not won at Phoenix(10-25-98)

  • Pre-Race Notes: #33-Kenny Schrader and #94-Bill Elliott had to change engines after Happy Hour practice. #88-Dale Jarrett has the flu and Michael Waltrip is standing by in case Jarrett needs relief. No driver starting in the top 10 at Phoenix today has won a race in 1998.(10-25-98)

  • Hearing rumors that Dick Trickle may quit the BGN series and has an opportunity with a competitive Cup team and wants to concentrate on the Cup ride. The team he is with at present, the #90 Junie Donlavey Heilig Meyers team is losing it's sponsorship at the end of the year and Donlavey has told Trickle he is free to look around.(10-23-98) -- According to the LTN Hour radio show, a NASCAR radio show from Milwaukee, WI: Dick Trickle will be running the Shoemaker BGN car in 1999. So which way will it go?(10-25-98)

  • Beverley Says NO Sell? Part III UPDATE Tim Beverley, the Texas businessman who bought Darrell Waltrip's team earlier this year, may be selling that team, according to NASCAR sources. And a man possibly interested in buying it? Dale Earnhardt, who would not only wind up with some choice property near Charlotte Motor Speedway but also a piece in the marketing of Waltrip's farewell tour. Waltrip has struggled the past few years and hasn't won in quite a while, but he ran Earnhardt's own cars as Steve Park's sub this summer and did quite well, in a marriage that worked surprisingly well.(JournalNow)(10-24-98) -- I heard from Tyler Jet Motorsports and this is the response to SELLING rumors: Despite published rumors, Tim Beverley has not had any discussions with Dale Earnhardt Inc., about the sale of Tyler Jet Motorsports. Tyler Jet Motorsports is not for sale, not closing down, and not downsizing. We are actively pursuing future sponsors as well as continuing talks with the McIlhenny Corp. Beverley is personally negotiating with Mr. McIlhenny to resolve the current situation, and we are very optimistic about Tabasco's continued involvment in the sport. Our plans are to field a competitive Winston Cup car, as well as expand into the Craftsman Truck Series, and we are anticipating a very promising future. We have a great group of people working toward bringing this team to the winner's circle.(10-25-98)

  • A little Little: Congrats to Chad and Donna Little on the birth of their daughter this week, Haley Steele Little(10-25-98)

  • Waltrip vs Little: Had a few questions on this. Why did Chad Little make the Dura Lube/Kmart 500 and Michael Waltrip miss the race when Waltrip is higher in points? Waltrip is higher in DRIVERS points. Provisionals are awarded per OWNERS points. Teams still get owners points when the team misses the race. When Little missed the race in Atlanta the team still got in OWNERS points, thus Little was higher in OWNERS points and got the provisional at Phoenix. See the Jayski Provisional Page which explains the rules, best to my knowledge, and the standing after Daytona. Other charts on the page are DNQ's and who took provisionals race-by-race. Expect changes to the Champions Provisional for 1999, like a limit.(10-25-98)

  • Front Row? UPDATE No Cup race have ever been won at Phoenix by a driver starting from the front row.(RPM2Nite)(10-21-98) -- and the streak continues(10-25-98)

  • Marcis to announce 1999 plans at Atlanta: On this weeks Inside NASCAR(Sunday at 10am/et also) there was a nice feature with Dave Marcis and it was mentioned that Marcis will return to Cup in 1999 and expects to make an announcement at Atlanta when the Cup series runs it's finale.(TNN)(10-25-98)

  • Trickle to quit BGN? UPDATE Hearing rumors that Dick Trickle may quit the BGN series and has an opportunity with a competitive Cup team and wants to concentrate on the Cup ride. The team he is with at present, the #90 Junie Donlavey Heilig Meyers team is losing it's sponsorship at the end of the year and Donlavey has told Trickle he is free to look around.(10-23-98) -- According to the LTN Hour radio show, a NASCAR radio show from Milwaukee, WI: Dick Trickle will be running the Shoemaker BGN car in 1999. So which way will it go?(10-25-98)

  • Ribbs in Cup again? Willy T. Ribbs, who made a few Cup starts in the 1980s but who excelled in a variety of SCCA and IMSA road racing disciplines along with dabbling in Indy cars, was a visitor in the garage area the first two days of NASCAR activity at Phoenix. Kenny Wallace tipped that Ribbs had spent a long period of time in the front of the Filmar Racing hauler with team owner Fil Martocci, who over the last several weeks has lost his sponsor, driver, team manager, crew chief and a number of crew members.(NASCAR Online), no idea what this means(10-25-98)

  • Craven to Run the #36 at Phoenix: Just caught this on TNN's Raceday. Ricky Craven will start the #36 car for Ernie Irvan in the Dura Lube/Kmart 500. See the story at GoRacing - Irvan Sits Out Phoenix Event -- Craven to Wheel the #36. I had heard about this Saturday night but could not confirm it at all.(10-25-98)

  • During Happy Hour there were a few incidents and Bobby Labonte and Derrike Cope will have to start from backup cars.(GoRacing)(10-25-98)

  • The #21 Wood Brothers CITGO team will miss their first Winston Cup race since the Southern 500 at Darlington in 1971.(GoRacing) Michael Waltrip's streak of 387 straight starts was the sixth longest active streak in Winston Cup behind Terry Labonte(600), Dale Earnhardt, Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace and Ken Schrader.(10-25-98)

  • Kenseth Practices: Matt Kenseth practiced the #16 Primestar Ford in case he is needed to relieve sore Kevin Lepage. A driver must at least practice the car to be eligible to drive it in a race.(NASCAR Online)(10-25-98)


    (10-24-98)
  • Second Round qualifying is over. Only four teams made an attempt and all failed to improve on speed. #21-Michael Waltip, #35-Darrell Waltrip, #45-Jeff Ward and #71-Davie Marcis made attempts. M Waltrip, Marcis and Ward failed to make the race. DW will take another Champions Provisional. See Jayski's Provisional Page for the Provisional Standings and who had to use provisionals.(10-24-98)


    (10-23-98)
  • Teams that failed to make the field in first round qualifying and are 26th or worse but are guaranteed(by this I mean whatever happens in 2nd round, not where things stand now) to make the Dura Lube/Kmart 500 at Phoenix based on owners points: #18-Bobby Labonte(5th in owners points); #99-Jeff Burton(6); #3-Dale Earnhardt(8); #5-Terry Labonte(9); #4-Bobby Hamilton(11); #36-Ernie Irvan(15); and yes #35-Darrell Waltrip(champ prov). The three teams that would miss the race if things stayed the same(one big surprise): #21-Michael Waltrip(18); #71-Dave Marcis(44); and #45-Jeff Ward(no points). Also three team with no provisional's left are in the 26th or worse group and could be in trouble depending on what happens with 2nd round qualifying: #7-Geoff Bodine(26th fastest); #9-Jerry Nadeau(34th) and #30-Derrike Cope(36th). Great runs by Rich Bickle(5th fastest) and #41-David Green(9th no prov's left). See Jayski's Provisional Page for the Provisional Standings.(10-23-98)

  • Mr. Lead Lap in 8th: An update on everybody's favorite....Mr. Lead Lap. He's still 8th in the points at 3646, and it doesn't look like he can catch Jeremy Mayfield. He's got a 150 point cushion over Dale Earnhardt, so looks like he's found his spot for the season. His highest spot in the points this year was 6th after the April Talladega race, and his low was 19th after the Daytona 500. His average finish is 14.1, and he's got 2 Top-5's and 10 Top-10's on the year. And NO.....he's not going to Japan. See Joe Fink's Mr. Lead Lap(or Mr. X) page at Driver, Mr. X!. (Henry/Stock Car Fans Newsletter)(10-23-98)

  • Winless: From Henry at the Stock Car Fans Newsletter: With only 3 races left, there are still three drivers who won last year winless this season: Rusty Wallace, Ernie Irvan, and John Andretti. With Ricky Rudd sitting precariously in the final Winners Circle contingency spot, the next 3 weeks could tell the tale. The Winners Circles program is worth approx $330,000 a year to a team.(10-23-98)

  • Terry Labonte Going Nowhere: By nowhere, I mean any other team but Hendrick Motorsports. I get more unfounded rumors on Terry Labonte leaving Hendrick then just about anything. Anyhow this in part from a USA Today story by Skip Wood about Terry Labonte: Labonte fielded team-jumping employment offers that come his way about this time every year. A few were from some pretty good teams. But Labonte's contract with Hendrick goes through 2000, and he "loves driving for Hendrick Motorsports, and I'd love to run with them the rest of my career." From USA Story: NASCAR mainstay Labonte in search of more consistency(10-23-98)

  • Bodine Returns to the #91: Todd Bodine returns to the #91 LJ Racing Chevy this weekend and takes over the driving duties for the remainder of the 1998 Winston Cup season. Bodine and the rest of the crew are looking forward to the final three races and a good showing to close out the year. Those next 3 races provide special motivation for the team. This will mark the first time the LJ Racing team has made the trip to Phoenix but they look forward to continuing what has been a remarkable record over the past half dozen races.(LJ Racing Website)(10-23-98)

  • Hmm.... One interesting twist. Had the Pepsi 400 at Daytona been run in July, with qualifying times the same, the lineup would have been missing both Ricky Rudd and Kyle Petty. Their 2 provisional spots would have gone to Dick Trickle and Rick Wilson/Steve Grissom on owner's points. What a difference a couple months make.(Henry/Stock Car Fans Newsletter)(10-23-98)


    (10-22-98)
  • Wallace to test #55 car: Kenny Wallace, who will drive a second car next season for Andy Petree Racing, will test for the team at Atlanta next Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation for the 1999 spring race there.(NASCAR Online)(10-22-98)

  • Bodine Stuff: Geoff Bodine recently made his 500th career Winston Cup start, which his fans can now celebrate by purchasing collectible souvenirs of the event. For further info, see the Geoff Bodine Fan Club website or call 800-796-8989.(SpeedNet)(10-22-98)

  • 2nd Morgan-McClure team? UPDATE I continue to hear the 2nd Morgan-McClure team is in the works.(10-19-98) -- also hear the team is considering switching to Pontiacs and may even enter one in one of the final two races, with a 2nd driver.(10-20-98) -- I now hear there will be no 2nd team and the team will not run a Pontiac.(10-22-98)

  • Bodine at NASCAR Thunder: Brett Bodine will sign autographs 10-23 from 7-9pm/pt at the NASCAR Thunder store at Metrocenter Mall in Phoenix.(WC Scene)(10-22-98)

  • STP news: Clorox said it's purchasing consumer products maker First Brands for about $2 billion in stock and debt. The merger will create one of the largest consumer brands companies. Danbury, Conn.-based First Brands is the parent of such products as Glad plastic wraps and the STP products. Clorox is a $2.7 billion Oakland, CA and a manufacturer and marketer of household grocery products, both domestic and international, and products for institutional markets.(CBS Marketwatch and Yahoo Biz), not sure how or if this will effect the STP sponsorship of the #43 Richard Petty team for 1999 or the future.(10-22-98)

  • Pontiac Aero Changes: Ernie Irvan and Tony Stewart have tested a new Pontiac nose and a rear deck, looking for more downforce. Irvan tested at Daytona and Stewart tested at Indy. Irvan said his test was inconclusive.(WC Scene)(10-22-98)

  • #600 for Labonte: The October 25 Dura Lube/Kmart 500 will mark special milestone for Terry Labonte as he is slated to make his 600th consecutive series start.(DaytonaUSA/SpeedNet). I have been told that Atlanta is where he will run the special Iron Man paint scheme(can be seen on Jayski's Paint Scheme Gallery), and I have heard he will run it at Phoenix also. From SpeedNet: This weekend's Dura Lube 500 will be Terry Labonte's 600th consecutive start, a mark that will be commemorated by "Iron Man 2," a specially designed version of his #5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo. (10-22-98)

  • Furr to stay home UPDATE 2: During the race it was mentioned that the crew chief of the #50 Bud Chevy and Wally Dallenbach, Tony Furr had fallen over the pit wall and possibly broke his leg and that Grant Dorton had taken over as crew chief. Saw in an AP story that Furr does have a broken right leg, and he is scheduled to have surgery Sunday in Charlotte, NC. Best wishes and get well soon Tony.(10-17-98) -- Furr had successful surgery and plans to go to Phoenix.(RPM2Nite)(10-19-98) -- Tony Furr, crew chief for the #50 Bud Chevy fielded by Hendrick Motorsports and driven by Wally Dallenbach, will stay home this weekend as he continues to recover from a broken right leg he suffered last weekend at Daytona. Ken Howes, a former crew chief for the team who now works in Hendrick's research and development shop, will serve as crew chief this weekend.(That's Racin')(10-22-98)

  • New Car for Rusty: Rusty Wallace is bringing a new Miller Lite Taurus to Phoenix for this weekend's Dura-Lube/Kmart 500. Wallace and his Robin Pemberton-led Penske South Team are rolling out their "PR-22" Miller Lite Ford Taurus, the 22nd Hopkins Chassis race car to come out of their Mooresville, NC shop.(SCR)(10-22-98)

  • Stricklin to consult for #78: Triad Motorsports(#78) owners Jim Wilson, Steve Lane and Billy Hagan have hired Hut Stricklin to serve as a consultant at Phoenix. Stricklin will serve in an advisory role for the Pilot Travel Centers #78 Ford driven by Gary Bradberry, who is attempting to make his first Winston Cup start at Phoenix. Stricklin was quick to point out that he wasn't going to be driving the car, though he did admit that "finding a full-time ride is still my #1 priority.(SpeedNet)(10-22-98)

  • Five Inducted in Hall of Fame UPDATE: The late Wendell Scott, the only African-American driver to win a major NASCAR race, Louise Smith, the first woman to be enshrined, four-time F-1 champion Alain Prost, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Gordon Johncock, and stock car crew chief and car builder Harry Hyde are the five 1999 inductees to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega. The inductees will be honored on April 22, 1999.(EPSN NASCAR Page)(10-21-98) -- See the That's Racin' article: Hall Inductees at a glance by the AP.(10-22-98)

  • Stacy Compton has a special paint scheme at Phoenix, a pinkish Cherry RC Cola Ford.(RPM2Nite)(10-22-98)

  • Darrell Waltrip?, Rick Bickle and Kenny Irwin will be three Cup regulars driving the the Phoenix truck race this weekend(Winston Cup Radio/PRN), I think they mean Michael Waltrip??(10-22-98)

  • Some BGN speeds from Atlanta: #17-Matt Kenseth 184.430mph; #87-Joe Nemechek 184.235; #80-Mark Krough 181.180; #77-Ed Berrier 180.473; #35-Lyndon Amick 179.800; #23-Lance Hooper 179.800; #?-Chuck Bown no speed. Kenseth crashed the #17 but was not hurt.(RPM2Nite) Mike McLaughlin also tested but heard no speeds for him(WC Today Radio/PRN)(10-22-98)

  • Kevin Harvick is also said to be contemplating leaving the #75 Spears Truck team, possibly for a BGN ride.(TNN Racing)(10-22-98)

  • Mike Wallace, may leave the #52 Kenny Schrader-owned Chevy, if he can find a Cup ride. Scott Hansen, a seven-time winner on the ASA tour this year in Schrader-owned car, could be a likely replacement.(TNN Racing)(10-22-98)


    (10-21-98)
  • Tabasco to Move? Tyler Jet to SELL? UPDATE The StockCarFans Newsletter reports: ...heard from a source that Tabasco will be pulling their sponsorship from the #35 team(Tyler Jet) for 1999 (probably no great surprise), and may put their name on another car (a whole new team).... just rumor at this time, but fairly strong.(SCF) - Well I hear that Tabasco wants out of Motorsports and will not be back in 1999 AND that Tyler Jet is looking to sell the team now. No word on what DW may do, but as he has said he plans to drive until the end of the 2000 season.(10-21-98)

  • DeVane to attempt Cup: ARCA driver Harris DeVane of Cuthbert, GA., tested Tuesday at Atlanta. DeVane will attempt to make his Cup debut next month at Atlanta. His speed was 172.441 mph.(NASCAR Online)(10-21-98)

  • Irwin to Trucks UPDATE I hear that Barry Dodson mentioned the truck team will fix up one of their roadcourse trucks for this weeks CTS race at Phoenix and that Kenny Irwin would drive it and be the driver and Mike Bliss's teammate.(10-19-98) -- Irwin will drive the #28(yes 28) Ford with Yates engines.(RPM2Nite)(10-22-98)

  • Three Cup driver truck at Phoenix: UPDATE Darrell Waltrip?, Rick Bickle and Kenny Irwin will be three Cup regulars driving the the Phoenix truck race this weekend(Winston Cup Radio/PRN), I think they mean Michael Waltrip?? -- Didn't see either Waltrip or Bickle on the practice or qualifying results.(10-22-98)

  • Fischer hires Wilson: In part from a PR - Fischer Engineering is proud to announce the addition of John Wilson to their engine building team. Reunited after eleven years, Dennis Fischer and John Wilson will be joining forces again at Fischer Engineering. John's backgournd includes experience at Hendrick Motorsports (1987-1988), Head Engine Builder at Sabco Racing (1988-1995), and Head Engine Builder at Joe Gibbs Racing, overseening the develpoment of their new engine facility and Winston Cup program. Fischer Engineering has continued its success through the late 1980's and into the 1990's. The company's milestones include the development of the first Buick V-6 engine to complete the Indianapolis 500, several Trans Am champoinships, multi championships in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour and Winston West Series', as well as powering Dale Earnhardt to his first "restrictor plate" Busch Clash win. Fischer Engineering also helped bring Teresa Earnhardt her first championship as a car/truck owner, powering her Napa Chevrolet to a championship season in 1996, doing so with no engine failures the entire season. In 1997 Fischer Engineering made the move to North Carolina and has recently re-entered the Winston Cup ranks with the #91 LJ Racing Chevrolet. Now, with their renewed association and combined experience, John Wilson, Dennis Fischer, and the entire Fischer Engineering team look forward to offering one of the most competitive engine programs available in all of NASCAR!(Fischer PR)(10-21-98)

  • It's Labonte: UPDATE 2 - I hear Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jr. will be on QVC, Thursday October 22nd from 9 - midnight/et to endorse their new cars sponsored by Coca-Cola. Now I hear it'll be Terry Labonte and can't info on the QVC site.(10-20-98) -- Many readers have contacted QVC and have been told the featured will be Terry Labonte not the Earnhardts -- Labonte will be on this Thursday, they had to reschedule the Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. appearance to Nov. 5th. The show will be held live from Atlanta Motor Speedway.(10-21-98)

  • Atlanta Testing: UPDATE Sterling Marlin-#40 Coors Light Chevy and Joe Nemechek-#42 BellSouth Chevy tested at Atlanta on Monday/Tuesday. No speeds given.(NASCAR Today Radio) - speeds from NASCAR Online #42-186.064mph, #40-186-853mph(10-21-98)

  • Sponsorship Help: NEXZUS Motorsports Marketing, Inc. launched a new Web presence on the motorsports community GoRacing. The site www.thegreatmoneyhunt.com promotes the best-selling sponsorship guide, The Great Money Hunt...An Insider's Practical Guide to Raising Motor Racing Sponsorship which has sold over 5000 copies world-wide and has been acknowledged as the best sponsorship search tool available to help a serious racer raise the ever-necessary race budget.(10-21-98)

  • Ward to race at Phoenix: UPDATE: BMR Motorsports will enter the the Dura Lube/Kmart 500 at Phoenix, AZ with IRL/Motorcycle driver Jeff Ward. Ward and the team tested there two weeks ago. The car will the #45 Chevy, I hear a Press Release will come out early this week. Ron Hornaday raced with the team at California in the Winston West race back on May 2nd and finished 30th.(10-19-98) -- iRACE has a full story on Wards Cup attempt at Phoenix: Ward aims for Cup debut at Phoenix, Ward will drive in a car owned by Bill Strauser of Walla Walla, Wash. Ward won the pole for the Dura-Lube 200 IRL race in March at 172.753, a track record.(10-21-98)

  • Donlavey Optimistic: #90 car owner Junie Donlavey, who's been entering cars in Cup races since 1950, says he's optimistic that he'll be in good shape for the 1999 season, despite having no sponsor and no firm contract with a driver. He says he can't tie up current driver Dick Trickle yet. Donlavey is staying in Richmond, despite some explorations into moving the team to the Charlotte area.(News and Record Online)(10-21-98)

  • Testing at the Rock: Thirty BGN teams and Four Cup teams tested at Rockingham on Monday and Tuesday. No teams or speeds mentioned.(NASCAR Today Radio), Jeff Burton was one of the Cup drivers(WC Today Radio)(10-21-98)

  • Green Looking: Jeff Green, currently driver of the #46 Team Sabco Chevrolet, says he is exploring all options for 1999. Green has no contract to drive next season. See the iRACE story at: Jeff Green exploring options for 1998. Money Store will not be back in 1999(WC Today Radio)(10-21-98)

  • Bobby Hamilton, Jr and Adam Petty tested at Rockingham on Wednesday in preparation of the BGN race there next weekend. No speeds given.(NASCAR Today Radio/MRN) Also Buckshot Jones tested at the Rock with his BGN team(WC Today Radio/PRN)(10-22-98)

  • Former BGN champion, Chuck Bown, will attempt to make the Atlanta BGN race in a car owned by Mac Martin, who has fielded cars in the past for Larry Pearson(#92 Stanley Tools). Bown had the 7th fastest time in BGN testing at Atlanta today.(RPM2Nite)(10-21-98)

  • Bryan Reffner will be driving the Ridge Gate Motorsports, #39 Chevy truck at Phoenix and Las Vegas. This is the team Mike Clark bought from Tyler Jet Motorsports(that was DW's).(NASCAR Online Chat)(10-21-98)

  • UPDATE: I hear the Brewco team will Casey Atwood in the #37 TimberWolf car for the last three races and Mark Green will finish out year in the #63 Lysol Chevy for Hensley Racing. Greens plans are still up in the air for 1999(MRM) - This rumor is FALSE as I was contacted by Brewco and told it would not happen, my apologies.(10-21-98)

  • Thirty BGN teams teams tested at Rockingham on Monday and Tuesday. No teams or speeds mentioned.(NASCAR Today Radio) - but I found out that Philip Morris is one of those testing their BGN cars at the Rock. The team has also pushed up their program to compete at next weeks BGN race at the Rock. The car will be #84 and be painted white and blue with some red stripes. No word on sponsors at this time(Racin' with Russ)(10-21-98)


    (10-20-98)
  • Dodson to chief the #81: Due to a family commitment, interim crew chief David Ifft won't be joining Wallace's crew in Phoenix. The 28-year-old Elledge will fill in on Friday and Saturday, but must honor his 1998 commitment with Jack Roush Racing as Mark Martin's tire changer. So Barry Dodson, who serves as Mike Bliss' crew chief in the Craftsman Truck Series, will stay an extra day in Phoenix to fill the role of Wallace's crew chief on race day.(CNNSI)(10-20-98)

  • No broken bones for Lepage: UPDATE 2 - Kevin Lepage suffered a fractured right shoulder blade in the first big wreck during the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, but says he'll be back in the car next week at Phoenix.(10-17-98) -- Lepage is feeling better and plans to make the trip to Phoenix. Matt Kenseth will practice the #16 Primestar Ford and the team and Lepage will make a decision on if he will qualify the car and take it day-by-day on if Lepage will run the DuraLube/Kmart 500.(RPM2Nite), also see the story at GoRacing.(10-19-98) -- RPM2Nite reported that Lepage has no broken bones but a has a bruised rotator cuff and plans to qualify and race the car. Kenseth will still stand by in case Lepage needs him.(10-20-98)

  • New Crew Chief for Kyle: Doug Hewitt will leave the #30 Bahari Racing team at the end of the season to take the crew chief job with Petty Enterprises and Kyle Petty's #44 Hot Wheels Pontiac(RPM2Nite)(10-20-98)

  • FirstPlus in Trouble: FirstPlus Cuts Staff, Sells Parts Of Business from the Washington Post by Caroline E. Mayer. Not sure what this means to the #13 team and the sponsorship.(10-20-98)

  • DW Speaks: NASCAR Online Chat Tuesday: Darrell Waltrip was in the chat today, check the at 11am/et - NASCAR Online Transcript. Some highlights(paraphrased): DW plans to be at Tyler Jet Motorsports in 1999, in the #17, in a Pontaic, hopefully with Tabasco, but it's unsure becasue of the lawsuit, looks like 2000 will be his last year as a driver.(10-20-98)

  • Buckshot Done? Everything I hear or read seems to indicate that Buckshot Jones will not run anymore Cup races in 1998 and go for the Rookie of the Year title in 1999(MRN's Marty Snider's Notes from last week)(10-20-98)

  • UPDATE: Martin/Craven scuffle?: Heard this from quite a few readers - During the red flag, Mark Martin and Ricky Craven had a finger pointing, pushing match. Martin got out of his car and went right over to Craven. And supposedly after the checkers flew on the cool down lap, Martin hit right rear of the #36. Maybe that is how Craven got the flat tire at the end. No idea what caused this incident.(10-18-98) -- Story at the JournalNow: REVITALIZED: Strong run has Craven ready for comeback, no mention of 'the scuffle' but mentioned the tire went flat with 15 laps to go, not at the end.(10-19-98) -- Bascially everything I hear from many sources is that Martin felt Craven cut him off and voiced his opinion and Craven responded and the incident is over(10-20-98)


    (10-19-98)
  • Rusty to Icehouse? Hearing many rumors that Rusty Wallace will carry the Icehouse Beer (made by Miller) on the #2 Penske South Ford in 1999.(10-19-98)

  • Nice story about David Green at the Peoria Journal Star by Jane Miller: Ex-Cat driver feels vindicated since release.(thanks Mark)(10-19-98)

  • Irvan Back? While not officially announced, everything I hear indicates that Ernie Irvan will be behind the wheel of the #36 Skittles Pontiac the entire weekend at Phoenix. Ricky Craven will be at Phoenix to stand by for Irvan in case he is needed.(10-19-98)

  • SABCO down to two? The current three-team operation of Team SABCO may be trimmed to two cars next year. SABCO's #46 team with 1998 backing from The Money Store does not have a sponsor for next year and one team executive says that if they don't have a sponsor locked in by Atlanta, then that team stands the strong possibility of simply going away next year. That doesn't mean that SABCO officials have quit trying to secure sponsorship for that team, there have been several potential sponsors that the team has talked to but nothing firm as of yet.(MRN's Marty Snider's Notes from last week)(10-19-98)

  • Got a few email on this: The Tabasco Website just came out with a new NASCAR screensaver available free from: Tabasco Screensaver, no idea what this means for the future of their sponsorship if anything.(10-19-98)

  • I hear that Barry Dodson mentioned the truck team will fix up one of their roadcourse trucks for this weeks CTS race at Phoenix and that Kenny Irwin would drive it and be the driver and Mike Bliss's teammate.(10-19-98)


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